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A Lebanese-Canadian, Mohammed Hassan Dbouk was an accredited journalist with al-Manar television in Lebanon. He is alleged to have received intelligence training at Iranian camps alongside the Revolutionary Guard, and to have used his credentials to film Hezbollah targets prior to, and during, attacks, and used the footage to create "propaganda videos" which he credited to himself.[1]

He is married, with two children.[2]

Life in Canada

After immigrating to Vancouver claiming to be a refugee in 1998, Dbouk allegedly operated a branch of Hezbollah in the city for nine months, raising $1,300,000,[2][3] through credit card and banking scams, and spending the money on military equipment subsequently smuggled back into Lebanon with the help of his brother-in-law Ali Adham Amhaz.[4]

He reported to procurement chief Haj Hasan Hilu Laqis,,[5][4] and was responsible for shipping night vision goggles, GPS systems, stun guns, nitrogen cutters and laser range finders to Hezbollah. His "cell" also sought to obtain life insurance policies for Lebanese militants.[6]

Believed to be a colleague of Imad Mugniyah based on a fax intercepted by Canadian authorities,[7][8] he was the subject of a wiretap by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, who recorded him speaking to a colleague named Said about a Southern Lebanese man who might go for a "walk" soon and never return, and whether Said could serve as a reference to get him some necessary travel papers and documentation.[9]

He was indicted, but believed to have fled to Lebanon.[8][10] After his flight, childhood friend Said Harb took a companion up to Vancouver from their North Carolina home, and made a number of purchases of military equipment under the direction of Dbouk.[2]

References

  1. ^ Gunaratna, Rohan. "The Matrix of International Terrorism", 2003
  2. ^ a b c Bell, Stewart, National Post, "Terrorists' Supermarket", October 21 2000
  3. ^ Nowell, Paul. Associated Press, "Hezbollah in North Carolina?", March 28 2001
  4. ^ a b Levitt, Matthew. The Australian, Smeared in blood, Hezbollah fingerprints all over globe, June 9, 2003
  5. ^ United States House of Representatives, Small Business Committee, Testimony of Janice L. Kephart, November 17, 2005
  6. ^ Giraldo, Jeanne K. "Terrorism Financing and State Responses", 2007. p. 145
  7. ^ Goldberg, Jeffrey, The New Yorker, In the Party of God, October 28 2002
  8. ^ a b Ehrenfeld, Rachel. Hezbollah - the "Party of God"
  9. ^ Transcript of Canadian Secret Intelligence Service (CSIS) transcript for Wednesday, May 26, 1999
  10. ^ USA Today, US looks at potential danger from Hezbollah, May 13, 2003
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